Bills Give Away Game to Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs left Ralph Wilson Stadium with a 17-13 victory over the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo outplayed the Chiefs on Sunday, but a series of mistakes led to their downfall.

Being a Buffalo Bills fan isn’t easy.

The Bills outplayed the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, but found new and creative ways to lose.

Fumble a ball right before you enter the endzone? Check. Have your tight end bobble said ball out of the end zone? Check.

Bury the Chiefs deep in their end up three and force a punt? Great. Fumble said punt return and have the Chiefs score a few plays later? Sounds about right.

It was the type of loss Bills fans have grown accustomed to, losing to a team they should have beaten.

Buffalo scored a touchdown on their first series of the game and then settled for two field goals. They dominated the third quarter in terms of yards but missed opportunities to score points. Buffalo had no trouble moving the ball on Sunday, but when they needed to punch the ball into the end zone, they either failed to do so or turned over the ball.

Kyle Orton finished the game with 29/48 for 259 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t make many mistakes, although he missed a few throws on Buffalo’s second to last drive. They turned the ball over on downs after a 4th down pass to Watkins fell incomplete and the Chiefs proceeded to run the clock down to about 30 seconds.

The run game had its moments. Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon each had a few nice runs, but Brown’s would be touchdown turned into a fumble and touchback. It was the turning point of the game. Buffalo was able to rush the ball for 111 yards on 22 carries. Brown also led the Bills in receiving with 62 yards.

Sammy Watkins was targeted 10 times on Sunday but finished with four receptions for 27 yards. He wasn’t 100 percent, but he was certainly healthy enough to play. Hogan led all Bills receivers with five receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, the Bills sacked Alex Smith six times. Marcell Dareus had three sacks, Jerry Hughes added two and Mario Williams had one. They played a big part in holding Alex Smith to 177 yards passing.

Both Kansas City touchdowns came on the ground. Jamaal Charles had a 39 yard touchdown on 4th and 1 and Alex Smith ran in the team’s other score. Both touchdowns came on plays where Manny Lawson lost containment. The Chiefs finished with 127 rush yards on 24 carries.

Dwayne Bowe led all receivers with 93 yards on eight receptions. Kansas City’s next leading receiver, A.J. Jenkins, had 27 yards.

The Bills are now 5-4 and do not control their destiny in terms of making the playoffs. Their next game is on Thursday Night Football against the Miami Dolphins. Miami also fell to 5-4 after falling to the Detroit Lions 20-16.

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